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Does Your Dog Have Fleas?


Itch, itch. Scratch, scratch, scratch. Does that sound familiar? Hopefully not, but if it does you might be one of the millions of people whose dog has fleas, mites or other miniscule cretins leeching upon him.

Fleas are tiny insects use their long, powerful legs to catapult onto your dog's body, where they burrow into his fur, live off his blood, and raise families of thousands. Many dogs develop a sensitivity to flea saliva, which the flea injects into your dog's skin as a way to prevent his blood from coagulating and thereby ensure a plentiful meal. If this is the case with your pup, you'll see him scratch, scratch, scratching away.

Whether or not your dog has an allergy to fleas, they're without a doubt an annoying pest that's tough to eradicate. Once your dog has contracted fleas, they will quickly spread to any area where he is a frequent visitor- his bedding, his doghouse, your carpet and furniture, and possibly your clothing and bedding as well.

Fleas and Disease

The most common complication of fleas on your dog is tapeworms in his stool. Yes, it is foul, but as it is with parasites, one often hosts the other, and many a flea has been host to a tapeworm who then made his way into your dog's intestinal tract. Just another great reason to keep those fleas off your dog. The other reason is anemia. Animals that thrive on your dog's blood literally suck the life out of him... so if fleas have been preying upon your pooch, he may show signs of anemia, such as extreme fatigue. Get him to the vet for a thorough examination and inquire about what vitamins and supplements you can give to restore your dog back to a healthy, energetic state.

How to Tell if Your Dog Has Fleas

The most obvious sign of fleas on your dog is constant scratching and irritation of the skin. You may notice pink welts on his belly that eventually crust over; these are flea bites. Another way to check him for fleas is to have him stand on a few pieces of white paper while you comb through his fur. If you see little black flecks on the paper that look a lot like ground pepper, you've got yourself a flea situation. The little flecks are "flea dirt," and when you moisten them with water they'll turn dark red because they contain blood... the blood of your poor dog that those nasty fleas have been feasting on!

Flea Prevention

Ask your vet what methods he recommends to repel fleas. In the old days, most everyone put a flea collar and/or used flea powder on their dog. Some had their dogs "dipped" in a flea repellant bath. Today there are more sophisticated options in addition to the traditional methods... some of which are all-natural and environmentally friendly, and others which are chemical-based and afford extended protection with minimal application.

IGRs (insect growth regulators) kill flea eggs and flea larvae, and are available in both collar and spray form as well as oral medication. Sentinel® is one product that does double duty as both a flea repellant and heartworm protection, and only requires one application per month.

Adulticides kill the actual flea and can be purchased as both spot-on and oral products. Frontline® is one brand that is applied to your dog's shoulder blade area, where it is absorbed and distributed throughout his system. When fleas come in contact with his skin that's been treated with Frontline® or a similar insecticide, they die instantly.

Flea Control in Your Home

Hopefully, you'll take the proper precautions to keep fleas at bay, so you'll never know the unpleasantness of a flea-ridden home. But if you do happen to find fleas, you'll need to act quickly to avoid infestation. First and foremost, give your vet a call and ask him the best method of de-flea-ing your dog and your home. Treat your carpets, furniture, dog bed, and areas outside your home where your dog is frequently found, with an approved flea treatment. Thoroughly vacuum every inch of carpet, and your mattresses if you think there may be a problem there as well. And don't forget to apply flea repellant to the inside of your vacuum! Although it does a great job of sucking up those creepy little creatures, your warm and cozy vaccuum serves as the perfect flea-breeding incubator, which can mean reinfestation later.

No one wants to spray or bomb their home with harmful pesticides, but if you don't take preventive measures against fleas on your dog, that's pretty much your only option to be rid of them. So do yourself a favor and get a flea repellent for that pup of yours!

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How to reduce anxiety for pets, according to an expert  TODAY

Pets of the week - Chicago Tribune
Pets of the week  Chicago Tribune

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Helping pets cope with quarantine, and reopening  Jill Lopez

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Can Fluffy or Fido Get COVID-19? Will They Give it to Me?  Reform Austin

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abused pets  The Batavian

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Vets warn about heat illnesses in pets  WDHN - DothanFirst.com

Furever Friends: Adoptable pets available - WJAC Johnstown
Furever Friends: Adoptable pets available  WJAC Johnstown

I Didn’t Mean to Adopt a Dozen Pet Snails - The New York Times
I Didn’t Mean to Adopt a Dozen Pet Snails  The New York Times

Community Spotlight: Tips for your pets during the summer months - The Edwardsville Intelligencer
Community Spotlight: Tips for your pets during the summer months  The Edwardsville Intelligencer

Pets of the Week: Missy, Jackson and Little Girl - Chesterfield Observer
Pets of the Week: Missy, Jackson and Little Girl  Chesterfield Observer

Animal control reminds everyone not to leave pets in vehicles - WWBT NBC12 News
Animal control reminds everyone not to leave pets in vehicles  WWBT NBC12 News

Owners urged to keep pets inside and out of cars to avoid heatstroke - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Owners urged to keep pets inside and out of cars to avoid heatstroke  Las Vegas Review-Journal

Planning For Pets During The Covid-19 Pandemic - Forbes
Planning For Pets During The Covid-19 Pandemic  Forbes

NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR LOST PETS - Carolina Tails Magazine
NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR LOST PETS  Carolina Tails Magazine

How to help homeless pets and wildlife in your community - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
How to help homeless pets and wildlife in your community  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Local business helps pets who need hospice care at home - WKRC TV Cincinnati
Local business helps pets who need hospice care at home  WKRC TV Cincinnati

Best pet gadgets for 2020: High-tech devices for your cats and dogs (and yourself) - Pocket-lint
Best pet gadgets for 2020: High-tech devices for your cats and dogs (and yourself)  Pocket-lint

All About Pets: Thunder, fear and solutions - Prescott Daily Courier
All About Pets: Thunder, fear and solutions  Prescott Daily Courier

Veterinarians urge pet owners to prepare for the arrival of rabbit hemorrhagic disease - Phys.org
Veterinarians urge pet owners to prepare for the arrival of rabbit hemorrhagic disease  Phys.org

Pets of the Week for July 14, 2020 - WKRN News 2
Pets of the Week for July 14, 2020  WKRN News 2

Brexit Border Bureaucracy Looms for Truckers, Pet Owners and Travelers - The New York Times
Brexit Border Bureaucracy Looms for Truckers, Pet Owners and Travelers  The New York Times

Dangers of extreme heat for children, pets - CBS19.tv KYTX
Dangers of extreme heat for children, pets  CBS19.tv KYTX

Clarksville firefighter honored for saving man, pets from fire - NewsChannel5.com
Clarksville firefighter honored for saving man, pets from fire  NewsChannel5.com

Local Snake Owners Bringing Pets To Carrington Park - newsdakota.com
Local Snake Owners Bringing Pets To Carrington Park  newsdakota.com

Pets of the Week: July 14, 2020 – WBKB 11 - WBKB-TV
Pets of the Week: July 14, 2020 – WBKB 11  WBKB-TV

Pets, Love & Pandemics - Carolina Tails Magazine
Pets, Love & Pandemics  Carolina Tails Magazine

Cat owner baffled by pet's swimming goggles antics - BBC News
Cat owner baffled by pet's swimming goggles antics  BBC News

N.J. pets in need: July 13, 2020 - nj.com
N.J. pets in need: July 13, 2020  nj.com

PET OF THE WEEK, JULY 13, 2020: MEET LUNA - wvua23.com
PET OF THE WEEK, JULY 13, 2020: MEET LUNA  wvua23.com

The World's Most, Least Pet-Friendly Airlines - TravelPulse
The World's Most, Least Pet-Friendly Airlines  TravelPulse

Pet Project 2020: Pets available for adoption in Massachusetts on July 10 - masslive.com
Pet Project 2020: Pets available for adoption in Massachusetts on July 10  masslive.com

Halifax Humane Society's Pets of the Week for July 16 - Ormond Beach Observer
Halifax Humane Society's Pets of the Week for July 16  Ormond Beach Observer

Knife-Wielding Polish Man Flees Into Woods, Hoping to Keep Pet Puma - The New York Times
Knife-Wielding Polish Man Flees Into Woods, Hoping to Keep Pet Puma  The New York Times

Luxury pet resort and spa coming to North Myrtle Beach - WBTW
Luxury pet resort and spa coming to North Myrtle Beach  WBTW

European Travel Post Brexit: Pets, Passports, Insurance And More - Forbes
European Travel Post Brexit: Pets, Passports, Insurance And More  Forbes

Brainy dog owners are more likely to have badly behaved pets - Daily Mail
Brainy dog owners are more likely to have badly behaved pets  Daily Mail

Anti-Cruelty Society Will Do Pet Portraits Of Your Fuzzy Friend This Week - Block Club Chicago
Anti-Cruelty Society Will Do Pet Portraits Of Your Fuzzy Friend This Week  Block Club Chicago

Can COVID-19 be spread to people from pet fur? - WLOS
Can COVID-19 be spread to people from pet fur?  WLOS

PHOTOS: Gwinnett Animal Shelter Adoptable Pets of the Week -- July 13 - Gwinnettdailypost.com
PHOTOS: Gwinnett Animal Shelter Adoptable Pets of the Week -- July 13  Gwinnettdailypost.com

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Pet of the Week: 7/14/20  WANE

Pets of the week: Ruger and Gertie are ready to come home with you - MLive.com
Pets of the week: Ruger and Gertie are ready to come home with you  MLive.com

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From chicken heads to kangaroo, these Louisville pet stores whip up unique gourmet treats  Courier Journal

A photographer's inventive dog portraits show just how human-like our pets can be - Insider - INSIDER
A photographer's inventive dog portraits show just how human-like our pets can be - Insider  INSIDER

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This July discount can help Houston’s senior pets find ‘fur’-ever homes, you a new friend  KPRC Click2Houston

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Report: separation from pets can be 'ruff' when owner returns to work  Times Daily

Give up the pets or go homeless; Ashland resident speaks out about breed restrictions - KTVL
Give up the pets or go homeless; Ashland resident speaks out about breed restrictions  KTVL

Police Urge Pet Owners to Be Responsible After 7 Dogs Die of Heat Exposure - San Angelo LIVE!
Police Urge Pet Owners to Be Responsible After 7 Dogs Die of Heat Exposure  San Angelo LIVE!

Fire reported in Kanawha County, several pets unable to escape - WSAZ
Fire reported in Kanawha County, several pets unable to escape  WSAZ

Pets and fireworks: how to keep your animals calm and safe on July 4 - CNN
Pets and fireworks: how to keep your animals calm and safe on July 4  CNN

Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Rubble - TAPinto.net
Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Rubble  TAPinto.net

You can look like your pet with these adorable furry face masks - WMUR Manchester
You can look like your pet with these adorable furry face masks  WMUR Manchester

Seeing Pets as Human - Psychology Today
Seeing Pets as Human  Psychology Today

Empty the Shelters: Pet adoption fees reduced this weekend - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Empty the Shelters: Pet adoption fees reduced this weekend  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Dermatology Drugs for Pets Market Exclusive Report Analysis 2019-2025  Cole of Duty

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In the Know: Pet Paradise — with bone-shaped pool — nears completion off Alico Road  News-Press

Mobile veterinary services tend to Tenderloin's homeless pet population - SFGate
Mobile veterinary services tend to Tenderloin's homeless pet population  SFGate

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Pet of the Week - Bud | | kokomoperspective.com  Kokomo Perspective

Richland County Humane Society sees decrease in pet adoptions & donations due to COVID-19 - Richland Source
Richland County Humane Society sees decrease in pet adoptions & donations due to COVID-19  Richland Source

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Adopt-A-Pet Tuesday: Cranberry, Foxy & Cheddar - 9 & 10 News  9&10 News

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Mystery illness has Arp pet owners worried  KLTV

Dr. Orvick answers your pet questions - Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
Dr. Orvick answers your pet questions  Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3

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Events update: Low-cost pet care, meetings  Payson Roundup

As weather grows hotter, pets could be at risk - Carolinacoastonline
As weather grows hotter, pets could be at risk  Carolinacoastonline

Past Pet of the Week – Bailey - Newnan Times-Herald
Past Pet of the Week – Bailey  Newnan Times-Herald

Pepin's Pet Projects: Tips on easing pets into the "new" normal as you return to work - WCYB
Pepin's Pet Projects: Tips on easing pets into the "new" normal as you return to work  WCYB

4 ways to help transition pets to post-quarantine routines | News, Sports, Jobs - Escanaba Daily Press
4 ways to help transition pets to post-quarantine routines | News, Sports, Jobs  Escanaba Daily Press

Pet of the Week: The Adventures of Calvin - WOAI
Pet of the Week: The Adventures of Calvin  WOAI

Jul 19 | Virtual pet adoption event | Westwood, CA Patch - Patch.com
Jul 19 | Virtual pet adoption event | Westwood, CA Patch  Patch.com

How To Ease Separation Anxiety For Pets Being Left Alone For First Time In Months - Block Club Chicago
How To Ease Separation Anxiety For Pets Being Left Alone For First Time In Months  Block Club Chicago

CDC gives recommendations on keeping pets safe from COVID-19 - KYTV
CDC gives recommendations on keeping pets safe from COVID-19  KYTV

Pets: Rx for a happier life - The County
Pets: Rx for a happier life  The County

Chicago's Anti-Cruelty Society Raises Money in Pet Portraits - NBC Chicago
Chicago's Anti-Cruelty Society Raises Money in Pet Portraits  NBC Chicago

National Pet Fire Safety Day: Tips from Jake the Fire Safety Dog - WOODTV.com
National Pet Fire Safety Day: Tips from Jake the Fire Safety Dog  WOODTV.com

Pet Owners Struggling To Reunite With Their Furry Family Members Amid The Pandemic - NPR
Pet Owners Struggling To Reunite With Their Furry Family Members Amid The Pandemic  NPR

The Pets Left Behind by Covid-19 - The New York Times
The Pets Left Behind by Covid-19  The New York Times

Covid-19 kept them separated from their pets for months. So they've chartered a plane to bring them home - CNN
Covid-19 kept them separated from their pets for months. So they've chartered a plane to bring them home  CNN

The Animal Foundation takes in more than 270 lost pets in first six days of July - News3LV
The Animal Foundation takes in more than 270 lost pets in first six days of July  News3LV

Pet Adoption League founder arrested after struggle at Yukon shelter - TribLIVE
Pet Adoption League founder arrested after struggle at Yukon shelter  TribLIVE

Eight people displaced after Jefferson City fire, two pets died - krcgtv.com
Eight people displaced after Jefferson City fire, two pets died  krcgtv.com

Pet Pointers - Carolina Tails Magazine
Pet Pointers  Carolina Tails Magazine

KRDO's Tuesday Afternoon Pet of the Week – KRDO - KRDO
KRDO's Tuesday Afternoon Pet of the Week – KRDO  KRDO

150-pound pet tortoise Solomon on the loose in Cheatham County - Clarksville Now
150-pound pet tortoise Solomon on the loose in Cheatham County  Clarksville Now

Pet Teams celebrate pet therapy graduation at Gulfport Memorial Hospital - WXXV News 25
Pet Teams celebrate pet therapy graduation at Gulfport Memorial Hospital  WXXV News 25

GALLERY: All American Pet Photo Day - WEAR
GALLERY: All American Pet Photo Day  WEAR

These 17 pets would love to share space with you: June 27-28 - SILive.com
These 17 pets would love to share space with you: June 27-28  SILive.com

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Texas Panhandle Pet Savers experiencing tough summer finding animal adopters  KAMR - MyHighPlains.com

Pet of the Week: Meet the kittens - The News-Messenger
Pet of the Week: Meet the kittens  The News-Messenger

What you need to do before bringing home a new pet - The Washington Post
What you need to do before bringing home a new pet  The Washington Post

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Pet Care E-commerce Market Size Worth $54.95 Billion by 2027: Grand View Research, Inc.  PRNewswire

Summer Accessories for You & Your Pet - fox8.com
Summer Accessories for You & Your Pet  fox8.com

Meet Sam, this week's adoptable pet - Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
Meet Sam, this week's adoptable pet  Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

PAWS pet of the week – Simba - fiddleheadfocus.com
PAWS pet of the week – Simba  fiddleheadfocus.com

These 17 adoptable pets are sure to make you smile: June 20-21 - SILive.com
These 17 adoptable pets are sure to make you smile: June 20-21  SILive.com

In Ancient Kazakhstan, Nomadic Herders Kept Their Toothless Pet Cat Alive - Smithsonian Magazine
In Ancient Kazakhstan, Nomadic Herders Kept Their Toothless Pet Cat Alive  Smithsonian Magazine

Pet of the Week: “Blue” might just be the cure for your blues - WKRG News 5
Pet of the Week: “Blue” might just be the cure for your blues  WKRG News 5

N.J. pets in need: July 6, 2020 - nj.com
N.J. pets in need: July 6, 2020  nj.com

Pet Rocks and Chia Pets have met their match - Marin Independent Journal
Pet Rocks and Chia Pets have met their match  Marin Independent Journal

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Covid-19 impact on Robotic Toy Pets Market Overview and Forecast 2020 to 2025: Hasbro, Spin Master, WowWee Group  3rd Watch News

Pet Adoption Spotlight: Sherman - Northwest Georgia News
Pet Adoption Spotlight: Sherman  Northwest Georgia News

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4 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet  PRNewswire

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